At least since 2005, there has been talk in Israel about building in E-1 (see map above), the area between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim. The advantages would be obvious. Building in E-1 and expanding the city eastward would be a lot less destructive to the environment than building westward. There is much more room to build to the east than to the west. And most importantly, E-1 would serve as a buffer between Judea and Jerusalem, precluding a contiguous ‘Palestinian state’ that reaches Jerusalem at that point. It is for that final reason that the United States and the ‘international community’ have opposed Jewish building in E-1. In fact, Israel has built some infrastructure in E-1, but backed off opening a police station there that would have asserted Israeli control.
Now, it’s happened again. JPost reports this morning that one of Israel’s possible responses to a unilateral declaration of a ‘Palestinian’ reichlet with UN approval would be construction on E-1. And the Hussein Obama administration is ‘urging’ (read: threatening) Israel not to do it.
In the meantime, the Europeans have not yet decided how they will vote at the UN on Thursday (yes, this Thursday, the annual day to deprecate Israel and call for a ‘Palestinian’ reichlet.
I’d like to know what kind of threats Obama made to Netanyahu concerning E1 building and if this does not see the light of day there is a little thing in Israel called Democracy. Bibi could lose power to the right… and that would be the end of Obama’s leverage. Obama might of won the election, but he got caught as a tyrant with the Benghazi riot. When the public knows the president blamed a Youtube video and asked for censorship to cover up his own sins, Obama is in no position to take the higher ground with a country he claims friendship with.